Are leaders of the wolf pack chosen by lineage? However popular this thought might be- it is FALSE. Many falsely claim that becoming an alpha or leader is an ascribed status, one that is handed to you at birth whether you choose it or not, mostly through a high status lineage. The false claim is that if you are from a high status lineage within a wolf family you will automatically lead the pack and lead the ranks. However, I am afraid this is false. There are many pack family members of the noble classes of wolves who cannot handle becoming alpha and lead the ranks
How can you become leader of the pack? Leaders of the pack are not chosen by lineage, the basis of choosing the alpha and lead a pack is an achieved status. That is, you have the ability to earn this position, through rank, leadership skills, or other abilities and or traits that you might have attained in your life. If you are skillful in many areas, in more areas than your peers, you will more likely to be chosen to become the leader. Some are strong hunters,or efficient navigators… Remember though, that if you are the son or daughter of a “great” leader or elder it is likely that you have “training” or many skills passed down to you that others might not have achieved yet.
You must take into account many qualities of the “leader in question.
Leadership and difficult decisions: Some qualities of leaders of packs? If the wolf wanting to become leader does not have, for one, the ability to make tough choices in times of danger you might not quite make it to leadership. If you are wanting to become the leader there are certain qualities that will help you along. For one, you must be able to make difficult decisions in times of need, danger, or emergency, the pack will look to you for your decisions and leadership. Many times you will not have much time to decide and you will be the one to make the calls. The tough decisions must be for the benefit of the entire pack… can you make these quick difficult decisions? Becoming leader of your pack means you will be responsible for all decisions you make, and if you make too many bad decisions you could be kicked off of the helm. You must be strong in your personality and commitment to your fellow pack members.
Guidance: The leader of the pack has an enormous emotional attachment and commitment to his pack. For as long as you are leader, the entire pack will look to you for guidance through personal decisions and pack decisions. Many leaders learn too much about their pack because they have to act as the “confidant” never being able to repeat personal information received from other members of the pack, even if you ever do loose this position. Are you strong enough to have this weight on your shoulders?
Some are cut out for it, some are not: Like i mentioned before, if you are son or daughter of a wolf elder who had many skills, and these skills were passed down to you, you have a great advantage over your peers and have a strong ability to become leader, if you are chosen!
The ability to become leader of a pack can be achieved, whether you are from a high status lineage family or from a low status family. This is not an elite system of rank, you can earn the leadership and respect no matter who you are. Many of the greatest leaders of packs are not from high status backgrounds and are just from “normal” families and lineage. These leaders of packs worked up the ranks for their success, working the ranks allows for freedom of the packs leader. Meaning that at any point in time the leader of the pack can be challenged for the position.
Can the leader be challenged out o his position? Yes, leaders can be thrown out, if you think you can win the challenge. A loss of confidence in the leader by members of the pack can determine a new leader must be sought out. If all members agree due to whatever circumstances has made the leader loss his ability to lead, a new leader can and will be chosen. There of course must be evidence of such a circumstance, most members must be united in their decision to remove the leader and a successor must be chosen. The successor has to be the next wolf pack leader who is qualified to handle the responsibility.
All leaders and alphas must remember: That the old and the weak will be replaced with the strong youth and this could happen at any point in the pack leaders command…
(more on this to come…)